Hashtag Honors To Foreshadow Underground Rap Awards
This Friday, the second installment of the Houston Press Underground Rap Awards will post here. We've received a fair amount of emails/text/mentions/tags about it this month, which is cool. But before we get to that, let's run through a bunch of good music that's been passed this direction recently.
K-Dogg: Rookie of the Year? Find out Friday.
As usual, exclusion from this post doesn't necessarily mean an artist's music sucks, but inclusion most certainly means an artist's music does not. Ten hashmarks today. You know what it is.
#JoesDeli: Yung Truth and Doughbeezy "Time To Lay 'Em Down." We've been on Truth's new tape for a couple of weeks. Full review coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy him doing his best Bun B impression above.
#StillToilingUnnecessarilyInObscurity: The perennially underrated Yung Redd checks in here, lathering everyone up for his forthcoming Eleven Skies release. Propain makes for a good feature, as usual.
#NiqIsTheFirstBlackHippieWeEverMet: And here he is with Scooby and Poppy on their "Smoke and Mirrors" track. One of the neat things about the way things have divied up here in town is that each particular subset of rappers have all developed - or have begun to develop, at least - their own specific aesthetic. Redd, for example, almost always has this smoky, digitized dystopia thing going on, which makes his music immediately recognizable.
#WhyDoesPropainAlwaysLookSoAngry: Oh, and since we mentioned him earlier, Propain is starting to drip music from his soon-to-be-released tape. Here he teams up with the pubescent Short Dawg for "I'm On." It initially seemed like the metallic chorus was going to grow to be bothersome, but we listened to this song, like, seven times in a row; it never does.
#GoodEnoughToMakeYouDislikeHim: Burgeoning R&B supernova Lee-Lonn threw this up on his Twitter one night. Sometimes, it's like he doesn't even have to try to be good. Fucker.